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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2002)   -- “Wonderful. Remarkable. Fantastic. Overwhelming.” Those were the words of Sherry Perry as she surveyed the work that staff members from The AmeriDream Charity performed on her mother’s home Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 27-28. The repair work was done as part of a large-scale volunteer effort coordinated by Rebuilding Together With Christmas in April. 

AmeriDream staff cleared out a tremendous amount of clutter from the yard and home where Mrs. Mary Perry has lived for 47 years and raised nine children. Volunteers from AmeriDream also installed and painted brand new ceilings in the first floor bathroom and kitchen; painted the shower area in the second floor bathroom; repaired and painted damaged ceilings in the living room; painted the exterior window frames; replaced faceplates on electrical switches in the hallway and kitchen; performed gardening and yard work; and gave a fresh coat of paint to her living room walls.

Mrs. Perry’s needs were registered with Rebuilding Together With Christmas in April, an organization that utilizes volunteer help to rehabilitate the homes of low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly and disabled, and families with children. AmeriDream chose Mrs. Perry’s home as a project because it offered the opportunity for many people to work on multiple light construction projects, and because Mrs. Perry had been waiting for assistance since last summer.

“It was a wonderful experience for us to be able to use our knowledge and abilities to help out someone in need,” said AmeriDream staff member and project captain Mike Mitchell. “I think everyone who participated had a great time and I know Mrs. Perry and her family truly appreciated the effort.”

AmeriDream’s commitment to Mrs. Perry and her family will go beyond this one weekend. Several staff members from AmeriDream will check in on Mrs. Perry monthly and assist her with household chores such as cleaning, light repair work and anything else that needs to be done.

“They worked really hard and got a lot accomplished in a little bit of time,” Sherry Perry said. “I’m so grateful they came to my mom’s house. I thank everybody so much, [Rebuilding Together With Christmas in April] is a wonderful thing.”

The mission of The AmeriDream Charity, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, is to expand homeownership opportunities for underserved groups through the direct provision of down payment assistance and through the restoration and redevelopment of communities.  A 501(c)(3) organization, The AmeriDream Charity, Inc. meets HUD requirements for FHA insured loans as a charitable organization.  In addition to The AmeriDream Downpayment Gift Program, the Charity also operates The AmeriDream Redevelopment Program in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD areas. Through the Redevelopment Program, AmeriDream has spent more than $2.4 million to rehabilitate properties and return them to the market at affordable prices. The AmeriDream Charity, Inc. has also donated more than $890,000 to a range of community organizations including Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Visit www.ameridreamcharity.org.

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